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Paterson directs flags be flown at half-staff

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, June 21, in honor of a Fort Drum soldier killed in Afghanistan June 12.

Army Spc. Brian Anderson died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device while he was on patrol in Za Khel, Afghanistan.

Anderson, a native of Harrisonburg, Va., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.

“On behalf of the people of New York I extend our condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Specialist Anderson,” Paterson said. “Although he was not a native New Yorker, we consider Spc. Anderson and all soldiers stationed at Fort Drum to be one of us.”